JCK Asks…Padma Lakshmi

The Top Chef host/designer is a “very lucky girl”For spring fashion, it’s all about the 1970s, and Padma Lakshmi’s line for her 2-year-old Padma Collection is right on for the decade that was dyno-mite. With her trademark beading and fringe, Lakshmi uses materials such as solar quartz and pink opals to create pieces that prove, once again, sisters are doing it for themselves. The former model, raised in India and the United States, has spent seven seasons as the host of Bravo’s Top Chef; did we mention she’s also a cookbook author, an actress, and a single mother? JCK passed our questionnaire to the renaissance woman. Now, really, can you dig it? Age: 40Hometown: New York CityNumber of years in the biz: Jewelry since April 2009; fashion since the early ’90sNumber of employees you oversee: 6Family/pets: One beautiful daughterDescribe your personal style: Rambling gypsy meets

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